Today we’d like to introduce you to Rebecca Woods.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I was born in Los Angeles and was raised by my Jewish New Yorker Grandmother, whom I called Nana. She was an entrepreneur herself and owned a pet store in a strip mall surrounded by lots of other mom and pops shops. I had the pleasure of growing up in a pet store, owning and rescuing all sorts of unique animals and learning what it took to run a business. This is where my immense love and passion for animals came from. My Nana was the strongest and toughest woman I knew. She had raised 6 kids on her own and I then, did it all over again with me. She saw that I had a lot of creativity so, she made sure I put that to good use by getting me into plays, dance, singing lessons, piano lessons and art classes.
When I was 16, I moved in with my Aunt and my Nana finally got to go travel the world and live her life out until she unfortunately, passed away in 2010 from cancer. My Aunt is also a very strong amazing woman who runs a very successful business of her own. She is such a great mother, business woman, philanthropist and has a heart of gold. These two woman are and were the biggest influences in my life and inspired me to start and own my own business.
I moved to San Diego in 2007 and graduated with my BS in Advertising from the Art Institute of San Diego in 2011. I married my incredible boyfriend of 6 years in 2014 and gave birth to our amazing son in June 2016. After working in corporate for years, I would often daydream of being my own boss and finally that dream came into fruition. At the end of 2017, when I opened up Nykko Ray Studios (Nee-Ko Ray). I named my business after my first fur baby Nykko and the first part of my son’s name, Rayland.
Please tell us about your art.
I am a photographer and digital artist and I often combine the two mediums to bring personalized art pieces to clients and my viewers. I photograph families, children, maternity, newborns, special events, pets and any many other beautiful moments. I am a huge supporter of the San Diego Zoo and often photograph and make digital art pieces from the animals there. I love when you can feel the emotion by looking at a photo or art piece, I try and convey this in everything I do. I want people to feel happy and inspired by what I create. My favorite is to hear or see a client’s reaction after I show them the final photos or art piece. Seeing the smiles on their faces is everything to me.
My specialty is taking a photograph and leaving parts of it intact and then combining image manipulation with digital painting to create a one of a kind art piece. A lot of my photography packages come with a digital painting. So, what this means is, I take one of your photos from our photography session and turn it into a digital art piece that will uniquely be yours. You can see these on my Instagram page as “the moment” “the magic”. I can also take a photo you have and turn it into an art piece as well. Finished products can be printed on canvas, acrylic, metal, wood and many other items.
Do you have any advice for other artists? Any lessons you wished you learned earlier?
Getting in my own head has probably been my biggest obstacle. I’ve really had to learn to step away from an art piece and come back to it. Especially, when I hear thoughts of “this isn’t good enough” and any other negative thought that may pop in my head. Stepping away for a moment and coming back with a clear head always helps put things back into perspective.
Another thing that really helps is following other artists that have similar passions and ways of thinking as I do. I can’t tell you how refreshing it is to see other artist mommies going through the same thing I am. They feel as though, they aren’t doing enough and I look at their work and think they are amazing. I always like to take the time to like and comment on other artists work because I believe in supporting other artists and the creative community.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
As of now, my most recent work is on my Instagram page @nykkoraystudios. You can also visit my website at nykkoraystudios.com where you can inquire about a session or digital art piece from your photo. I’m looking to get an online shop setup soon to sell prints and other fun stuff… so stay tuned! Please feel free to reach out anytime through Instagram, FB, email or through my contact page on my website. Follow my IG or FB account to stay up to date with all the latest and greatest!
- Website: nykkoraystudios.com
- Phone: 858-314-8604
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: nykkoraystudios
Rebecca Woods – Nykko Ray Studios